I joined the Ramblers in Scotland over 30 years ago in Aberdeen, my home city, and have been supporting my local group, Grampian Area and Ramblers Scotland since then as a Walks Leader, Secretary and Chairman. My involvement has included serving on the Scottish Council Executive Committee for 25 years with six years as Convener and three years as Vice Convener. For 10 years, from 2000 I was a Ramblers GB trustee and am currently Treasurer of the European Ramblers Association. My working life was spent in BT and the NHS in Personnel, Training and Finance and management roles. As a staff member and also as a volunteer for WRVS I serve my local community. My interests and involvement also include the National Trust for Scotland and the John Muir Trust.
I have been in the Ramblers for four years, although have always enjoyed walking and the great outdoors. I am an active member of Edinburgh Young Walkers, leading all grades of walks in summer and winter. I have been treasurer of EYW and am currently Chair person. I joined SCEC in 2015 and am now Vice Convener. In my professional life, I am a scientist at SEPA working on aspects of air quality and flooding.
I have a background in housing, environmental issues and conservation and I am interested in land reform, access, devolution and good policy development. I live in Edinburgh with my family and have three children.
I have been a member of Ramblers since October 1971 and worked for many years for Suffolk Area. At General Council in 2007 I was awarded Honorary Life Membership. Shortly after arriving in Scotland in May 2007 I was co-opted to membership of SCEC. I have become keenly engaged in access matters on behalf of my local, Perth group and the Forth Valley Fife & Tayside Area and am currently Area Access Officer. Since May 2010 I have been a member of the Perth & Kinross Outdoor Access Forum.
I have been involved with Ramblers about 31 years. I do little Group walking, but have been involved for a lot of years now on Area Committee, SCEC, and the UK Agenda Committee. I am on these committees to try and see that the views of the grassroots members remain important to the organisation. I enjoy getting out into the countryside for the peace and tranquility it brings, and as a retired nurse, I feel that this is one of the main benefits of walking. When our family was young we had many camping holidays and days out walking and playing in the countryside and at local parks. Since the family have all grown my husband and I now enjoy the outdoors in our campervan.
I have been a member of Ramblers for a long time because it is an organisation worthy of unquestionable backing. I love walking whether it is a meander along a river, a stroll up a hill or the challenge of a long distance multi-day trail. I support all the aims of Ramblers and as a member of the SCEC would hope to be able to help deliver some of these aims. My background is in teaching. I live mainly in Glasgow but spend a large amount of time on Deeside. My activities with Ramblers include being group secretary, a walk leader, the development of Ramblers Routes and path development and maintenance.
I joined the Edinburgh Young Walkers group in 2014 after moving back to the city from Aberdeen. Since then I've been involved as a walk leader and as social secretary, organising events and outings for the group.
I've been a Lochaber & Lorn group committee member since November 2014, membership secretary 2014-2016 and on Highland and Islands committee since February 2016. I want to encourage more people out walking for its health and social benefits. I would like to see more being done to bring together Ramblers and health walking groups to encourage people to get fitter and support people to continue walking as they grow older and less able. I'm keen to see Medal Routes developed as a gateway to growing Ramblers membership and I want to support groups widen their offering to be more inclusive of all sections of their communities.
I have been a member of the Edinburgh Ramblers Group since 2012 and am currently its Secretary and a walk leader. For many years before I joined Ramblers I have enjoyed the Scottish hills both on foot and on skis. I have a strong feeling for the importance of both preserving and enjoying our iconic landscape. I also lead walks for HF Holidays both in the UK and Europe. I am a retired lawyer having latterly worked in senior roles in the Scottish Government. I have found it very rewarding to be able to contribute my legal skills and experience to an organisation as worthwhile as Ramblers Scotland.